Will God sur­vive tech?

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Frank­furt – Hu­man­ity no longer needs God but may with the help of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence de­velop a new form of col­lec­tive con­scious­ness that ful­fils the role of re­li­gion, US au­thor Dan Brown said yes­ter­day.

Brown made the provoca­tive re­mark at the Frank­furt Book Fair where he was pro­mot­ing his new novel Ori­gin, the fifth out­ing for Har­vard “sym­bol­ogy” pro­fes­sor Robert Lang­don, the pro­tag­o­nist of The Da Vinci Code, a book that ques­tioned the his­tory of Chris­tian­ity.

Ori­gin was in­spired by the ques­tion “Will God sur­vive sci­ence?”, said Brown, adding that this had never hap­pened in the his­tory of hu­man­ity.

“Are we naive to­day to be­lieve that the gods of the present will sur­vive and be here in a hun­dred years.”

Brown, who has sold 200 mil­lion books in 56 lan­guages, ad­mit­ted to not hav­ing read a novel in five years.

But he in­ves­ti­gated deeply and spent a lot of time talk­ing to fu­tur­ists to come up with the sto­ry­line for Ori­gin. – Reuters

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